Pressed for time? Running late? Didn't finish completing your list of cleaning tasks this week but need to head out that door? Whenever you're pressed for time — have an extra heavy schedule a certain week — don't let all your chores and cleaning duties slip into disarray. Keep your house functioning by being choosy with the chores you skip and the ones you tackle.
Never skip these chores:
1. Making the bed
Nothing makes me feel more like the in-control grown-up I hope I am than by coming back home and opening my bedroom door to a perfectly made bed.
2. Doing the dishes
Dirty dishes are a horrible, exponentially growing thing. Skip doing them (instead grabbing a clean dish to do your bidding) and you've basically doubled the amount of work you've got to do when you clean them next time. Try and get in the habit of cleaning dishes as you use them so there's never a mountain that needs
3. Picking up dirty laundry
We said you can skip changing the dirty laundry in your hamper to clean, but don't skip filling the hamper. Don't let dirty towels and recently worn outfits make a room feel dirtier than it actually is.
4. Quick countertop swipes
Whatever method of cleaning the countertop you regularly use (from convenient wipes to DIY natural cleaners and reusable rags), consider always applying a simple swipe after you're done using an area. It'll help keep stains from getting hard and a little shine will go a long way to making a room feel clean.
5. Vacuuming common areas
From hard surfaces to carpet and rugs, a cleaner floor instantly equates to a cleaner room. Some might balk at vacuuming being a "quick" chore considered un-skippable, but we think a quick once-over of the common areas is something you can reasonably do. And you can always consider small handheld vacuum for even quicker swipes over obviously dirty small spots.
Wanna know what we think are the chores you can totally get away
with occasionally skipping? 5 Chores You Can Skip When You're Busy.
So what are your skip and never skip chore rules you live by? What's on your list of what to never skip and what's okay to miss on your busy weeks?
Re-edited from a post originally published 5.11.14-NT
(Image credits: The Roberts' Playful Wonderland West End Townhouse)